Ciclopirox is a topical solution between 8,5% to 12% for treatment against Onychomycosis.
Onychomycosis, also known as tinea unguium, is a fungal infection of the nail. This condition typically affects the toenail, although it can also affect fingernails. It is the most common disease of the nails where symptoms include thickening, hardening and yellowing of the infected nail.
Information and instructions for the patient
Patients should receive detailed instructions on how to use Ciclopirox from their health professional. It is a product that is part of a complete care program against onychomycosis. Discuss your treatment plan with your health professional to ensure the regular removal of infected and non-attached nails.
Before using this medication, consult your doctor if:
- Pregnant or nursing;
- On insulin for diabetes treatment or are suffering from neuropathic diabetes;
- you have immunosuppression antecedents;
- you had an organ transplant challenging your immune system;
- you take a medication to control epilepsy;
- you use topical corticosteroids on a regular basis;
- you require the regular use of steroid inhalers
According to your health professional’s recommendation, they can prescribe a topical solution of Ciclopirox between 8.5 to 12%.
This product is for external use only.
- Avoid contact with the eyes or the mucous membranes.
- Ask your health professional to remove the detracted part of your nails every month. This intervention is necessary to allow the medication to produce its best results.
- Inform your health professional if increased irritation occurs at the zone of application: redness, itching, burning, swelling, oozing.
- The product must be applied every day for 48 weeks
- These measures are considered to be necessary to obtain a released or almost released nail (defined as having 10% or less of its surface to have problems). Patients must wait for 6 months before improvements become visible.
- The medication does not provide a guaranteed result of a fully released nail. During the clinical studies, less than 12% of the patients have obtained a perfect or near perfect foot nail.
- Avoid using nail polish or other cosmetic products on the treated nails.
- Avoid using near a flame or a heat source, as the product is flammable.
Step by step Instructions on how to apply Ciclopirox
- Before starting treatment, remove all detached nail or other callouses by using a nail-cutter or a file.
- Apply Ciclopirox in a topical solution once a day, preferably when going to bed on all affected nails, using the application brush that comes with the bottle of Ciclopirox. Apply the solution evenly on the entire nail. Whenever possible, the solution should be applied below the nail and on the surrounding skin. Let it dry approximately 30 seconds before putting on socks. Do not take a bath or shower until 8 hours after application.
- Ensure daily application of Ciclopirox as per the instructions listed above.
- Once a week, remove the Ciclopirox solution. Remove the biggest possible portion of the damaged nail, using scizzors, nail cutters or files.
- Promptly close the bottle tightly after use to avoid the solution drying up
- To avoid the screw cap jamming, ensure there is no solution on the top of the bottle before closing
- To protect from light, replace the bottle in its box after each use.